Farmers to 'make losses' - English

Finance Minister Bill English says all dairy farms may operate at a loss after Fonterra's updated forecast on Friday

5 min ago  English surprised how far milk prices fell overnight and says all dairy farmers may soon be operating at a loss.

Environment judge blasts Fonterra

An Environment Court judge has told Fonterra he was disappointed "at the industry leader being flat-footed in this way".

3:55 PM  Co-op fined $174,150 and labelled a "laggard" when it should be an industry leader.

Low dairy prices 'new normal'

Farming can be a solitary business with advice not always readily available, making even small challenges appear bigger than they really are.

4:18 PM  OPINION: For farmers, the low dairy prices may be just the beginning of a whole new normal.

GDT auction halt call

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis says a discussion needs to be had over whether the GDT should be temporarily suspended in the wake of falling dairy prices.

4:24 PM  Another fall on Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade prompts call to temporarily suspend the auction process.

Treasury objected payment

Awassi ewes at the Dammam, Saudi Arabia, farm of Saudi businessman Hamood Al Khalaf.

Treasury repeatedly expressed doubts about a controversial $4m payment to a Saudi businessman.

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opinion

Low dairy prices 'new normal'

Farming can be a solitary business with advice not always readily available, making even small challenges appear bigger than they really are.

4:18 PM  OPINION: For farmers, the low dairy prices may be just the beginning of a whole new normal.

Welcome to the science equal of Middle Earth

Agricultural science research has gone from simplicity to complexity in 30 years of reforms, writes Doug Edmeades.

Freeing scientists from the chains of commerce

When only a spade will do

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Farmers to 'make losses' - English

Finance Minister Bill English says all dairy farms may operate at a loss after Fonterra's updated forecast on Friday

5 min ago  English surprised how far milk prices fell overnight and says all dairy farmers may soon be operating at a loss.

Maiden dividend for council's farms

The multi million-dollar Tasmanian farms have paid out a maiden dividend.

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis says a discussion needs to be had over whether the GDT should be temporarily suspended in the wake of falling dairy prices.

Calls made to suspend Fonterra's GDT

4:24 PM  Another fall on Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade prompts call to temporarily suspend the auction process.

advice

Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

You can only control employment

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

Sheep

Photographer honoured to live in the Mackenzie

A beautiful lake scene.

With the right light and at the right time, Mackenzie is magic, says landscape photographer George Empson.

Top dogs fetch $5700

A shortage of good working dogs pushed prices up at the Gore dog sale recently.

A fat-tailed Awassi ram. The NZ-bred sheep have proved to be a delicacy in Saudi Arabia. The Government exported 900 to the Dammam, Saudi Arabia, farm of businessman Hamood Al Khalaf.

Documents don't back up Govt lawsuit claim

Documents fail to prove whether NZ faced any threat of legal action over its dealings with a Saudi businessman. 

cropping

Costly weed resistance warning

Foundation for Arable Research's research dirctor Nick Poole, left, with Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Eric Watson. Poole says New Zealand growers have 15 years up their sleeves to deal with weed resistance to agrichemicals.

NZ's arable farmers warned to be careful in avoiding a resistance to agrichemicals.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Long term approach yields results

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

agribusiness

Wine boss apologises for remark

NZ Winegrowers have apologised after comments made by its chief executive Philip Gregan at a recent conference in Blenheim drew an angry response on social media.

4:54 PM  NZ Winegrowers apologises for remark made by chief executive Phillip Gregan at an organic wine conference in Blenheim.

Farmers warned over family payments

Farmers warned to be careful about how much they pay their children for farm work.

Pollution from Fonterra's Edgecumbe plant in the Rangitaiki River in March.

Environment judge blasts Fonterra

3:55 PM  Co-op fined $174,150 and labelled a "laggard" when it should be an industry leader.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Video

Digger hits Auckland house

A digger has fallen off a truck and gone into the side of a house in south Auckland.

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